After being playable for roughly as many months as it was years
in development, gamesindustry.biz reports that Jagex has pulled the plug on Transformers Universe, the MMO turned MOBA turned whatever they wound up calling it. The Runescape creator will move on to developing its own IP once again; the move is not entirely unexpected after a recent round of layoffs. Keep reading for more details!
Its been a long and rocky road for Jagex's Transformers Universe game. Starting with a very promising preview at BotCon 2011, things moved into the slow lane for the next 3 years with numerous updates and full a change out of the backend moving from an MMO to MOBA style play. The game's Ersatz Transforming robots were not attractive to players and after disappointing earnings, Jagex is said to begin layoffs according to game gamesindustry.biz.
The official Youtube channel for Transformers Universe has posted two new videos, giving a brief rundown of the set up of the game's world. One is narrated from the point of view of Optimus prime, and the other takes the form of a report to Megatron. Both videos share the same basic highlights and focuses on the same underlying message: Whose side are you on? Click through to see both embedded videos!
Jagex has confirmed today that both Wheeljack and Knock Out, known to fans worldwide as characters from the Transformers TV series, will appear as playable warriors within TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE.
Premature news of their inclusion reached media overnight. While Jagex is willing to confirm their plans to include these, and many other, signature bots, further details of their weapons, equipment, and special attacks will not be forthcoming at this time.
Youtube user Sooo Mungry has uploaded a video based on the currently running beta of Transformers Universe. The video gives an overview of various elements of the game including character mechanics and some samples of gameplay. Check out the embedded video for an idea what to expect when the game goes public soon!